Getting fired can be one of the worst experiences you ever face. It can leave you feeling depressed, wracked with low self-esteem and fearful for your future. As difficult as it might be, it is important to keep a level head throughout the process so you can make the right moves and get the best possible outcome.

Start Negotiating Your Departure

It is important to advocate on behalf of yourself and negotiate the terms of your departure after being told you will be let go. If you can be awarded severance pay, aim for as much as you can get. Note that severance pay is much less common when being fired for a cause than because of layoffs. You also want to find out how long you will be able to retain any benefits you receive from your employer, especially health insurance. Remain calm and do not get angry or make negative comments to your employer throughout the entire process.

Find Out Why You Were Fired

Although it can be hard to hear, you should find out as much as you can about why you were fired. Knowing what you did wrong gives you an opportunity to better yourself and find another position more suited to your skills. It can also be a relief to hear that you were fired due to no fault of your own. This can make finding your next job much easier. If you suspect you were fired for an illegal reason, such as discrimination or because of a worker's compensation claim, you should consult with an employment or worker's compensation attorney to discuss your options.

Start Looking for a New Job

Finally, you should begin looking for a new job as soon as you are ready. You might want to take some brief time off for the sake of your mental health but you shouldn’t wait too long. Start by updating your resume and consider what kinds of positions you might want to apply for. Perhaps now would be a good time for a career change. You should also find out if you are eligible for unemployment benefits. The laws vary by state so it is important to find out if someone in your circumstances is eligible. If so, you can apply for them.
Being fired is awful, but you can get through it. It’s imperative that you handle this unfortunate situation the right way so you can get back on your feet as soon as possible. A better opportunity might be waiting just around the corner.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan